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5050 Academy Ln, Bessemer, AL 35022
205-424-5255
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 6
    Excellent
  • 3
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 5
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  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
It was OK

They had a staffing problem while we were there. The cook did not show up so the manager was cooking. Food and service was slow but the food was good when served. The salad bar was fresh. They did the best they could with the situation.

3 of 5 starsReviewed November 4, 2014
travelpickle
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Gonzales, Louisiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Waitress had no idea what she was doing. Poorly staffed. Food was horrible. Just wanted the appetizer deal they offered and we barely ate anything. No wonder may kids refer to it as Crapapplebees

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Southport, North Carolina
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44 reviews 44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Our experience began wretchedly and ended before we even got water. We left and went to Ruby Tuesday. My husband and I walked in (he walks with a cane and it is apparent to anyone observing that it is with great effort), were met with about 4-5 servers/hostess(es) lurking about the podium. None of them greeted us. We stood there... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

On of the better Applebee's we've patronized. Food was surprisingly good and our server reallyttook great care of us. The staff were all welcoming and gracious.

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West Blocton, Alabama
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

I had gotten a gift card for Applebee's for Christmas and we a little leary as the last time we had eaten at an Applebee's we were not really happy with the meals. But this one was great. Service was good, food arrived quickly and was good. Will be going back again.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Food is excellent, service is great, pleasant atmosphere, and located in a hidden, but accessible location with a beautiful scenery, and view.

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Lethbridge
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14 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Waiter's were very good in offering meal selections as well as the service was tops. Meals were what we had hoped to find.

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Gonzales, Louisiana
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

They had a staffing problem while we were there. The cook did not show up so the manager was cooking. Food and service was slow but the food was good when served. The salad bar was fresh. They did the best they could with the situation.

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Mc Calla, Alabama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

None of their dishes are really good. For the price, they could hire a better cook. Maybe they should just cook one kind of food, like steak only and learn how to do that well.

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Columbus, Ohio
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130 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Sat at the bar for a beer. Then a salad. Both were excellent and timely. Service was pleasant from the door greeter to the bartender. All in all, a nice experience.

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TX
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

It was late at night and we ordered two appetizers. Both were poor. We sat at the bar and the wait staff was not attentive and spent a lot of time talking with management. No one seemed to care about the food or customers at this establishment.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5050 Academy Ln, Bessemer, AL 35022
  • Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Bessemer
  • Phone Number: 205-424-5255

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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